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  • The beast speech and the fight for control of Israel’s culture

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 15, 2015 | 4:05 am

    It is well known that anger is a bad adviser. And some of Israel’s artists and creators are very angry. It is well known that bitterness is counterproductive. And some of Israel’s artists and creators are very bitter.

    Thus, on the evening of June 14, a protest of cultured people...

  • Embattled from the outset, new Netanyahu government sworn in

    May 14, 2015 | 1:54 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new rightist coalition government, hobbled by a razor-thin parliamentary majority, was sworn in late on Thursday amid wrangling within his Likud party over cabinet posts.

    The evening ceremony in the Knesset was postponed by two hours so...

  • Israel’s vulnerable governing coalition passes first test

    May 13, 2015 | 9:24 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's emerging government scraped by its first parliamentary test on Wednesday, paving the way for the new cabinet to be sworn in after two months of difficult coalition building.

    By a narrow 61-59 vote, parliament ratified a legislative...

  • Netanyahu signs first partners in new Israeli coalition

    April 30, 2015 | 8:57 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed up his first partners on Wednesday for a new coalition government, a lawmaker and spokeswoman said, putting him on course to lead a heavily right-leaning cabinet.

    The deals with the ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism (UTJ) party...

  • Netanyahu receives two-week extension to form government

    April 20, 2015 | 11:45 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have two more weeks to form a new government after he asked Israel's president on Monday to extend a 28-day period to form a coalition following his election victory.

    Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party came out on top in the March 17...

  • Obama administration ‘deeply concerned’ about Netanyahu Arab comments

    March 19, 2015 | 9:52 am

    The Obama administration is “deeply concerned” about Likud Party rhetoric marginalizing Arab Israelis during the recent elections.

    “There has been a lot of coverage in the media about some of the rhetoric that emerged yesterday that was propagated by the Likud Party to encourage...

  • Polls get it wrong as Netanyahu wins big

    March 18, 2015 | 10:19 am

    This story originally appeared at The Media Line.

    Israelis went to sleep believing that the two largest parties – the Likud of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Zionist Union headed by Isaac Herzog – had each received 27 seats in the Israeli Knesset, and Israel’s...

  • How Israel’s cities voted: Likud in Jerusalem, Zionist Union in Tel Aviv

    March 18, 2015 | 9:43 am

    The Likud and haredi Orthodox parties dominated in Jerusalem, while the Zionist Union took the most votes in Tel Aviv in Israel’s national elections.

    Nationally, the right-wing Likud Party garnered 23.3 percent of the vote and the center-left Zionist Union coalition garnered 18.7...

  • Netanyahu comeback propelled by hardline rhetoric, calls for unity on right

    March 18, 2015 | 9:21 am

    This city’s Rabin Square was full of young men wearing large knit kippahs and women in long skirts and long sleeves cheering as right-wing politicians declared their opposition to Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank.

    On Sunday night, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...

  • The morning after the elections: Things that I need to take back

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 17, 2015 | 9:48 pm

    1. Unity? I don’t think so

    Yesterday evening, when the exit polls showed a tie (or a near tie) and a possible Netanyahu coalition of 63 or 64 seats – that is to say, a very narrow coalition – one could still see a path to a unity coalition. Today, with the results showing a much...

  • Netanyahu calls for forming rightist government without delay

    March 17, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, claiming victory for his Likud party in a close-call election on Tuesday, said he had invited other rightist politicians to join him in a coalition government "without delay."

    "Reality does not take a break," Netanyahu said in a speech to supporters after two television exit polls gave Likud a narrow lead over his centre-left challenger in the ballot.

  • After divisive campaign, Israelis render a split verdict

    March 17, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    After weeks in which polls consistently showed Zionist Union holding a slight lead over the Likud Party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israelis delivered a split decision in elections, leaving the two parties virtually tied atop exit polls.

    The polls on Tuesday from two...

  • Bibi’s fate hangs in the balance as Israel votes

    March 17, 2015 | 9:04 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a fight for his political survival on Tuesday as Israelis voted in an election that opinion polls predict the center-left opposition could win.

    After a bitterly contested campaign, the election has turned into a referendum on "Bibi"...

  • Deep divisions apparent as Israelis head to polls

    March 17, 2015 | 8:52 am

    Relaxing on a bench on Rothschild Boulevard here, first-time voters Ellie Ashkenazi and Ziv Oran, both 18, talked about wanting to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But they couldn’t agree on which party to support to meet that end.

    Voters needed to close ranks around...

  • Israel’s election: It’s the economy, stupid

    March 16, 2015 | 4:33 pm

    Ambassador Michael Oren and professor Manuel Trajtenberg, both immigrants who have served as Benjamin Netanyahu’s most respected — and visible — public servants, have joined campaigns against the Likud. Their voices reflect 11th-hour polling suggesting the Israeli electorate is...

  • Netanyahu: No Palestinian state on my watch

    March 16, 2015 | 11:31 am

    Benjamin Netanyahu said in an interview that as long as he is Israel’s prime minister, a Palestinian state will not be established.

    The interview was published Monday on the Israeli news website NRG, a day before Israelis head to the polls, as Netanyahu attempts to shore up...

  • Business leaders see peace boost if Netanyahu loses Israeli election

    March 16, 2015 | 9:26 am

    An upset victory by Israel's centre-left opposition in Tuesday's election could be a welcome change for a business and corporate sector eager for the "peace dividend" that might come with a government willing to talk with the Palestinians.

    Although Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Netanyahu meets the press

    March 16, 2015 | 9:01 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is famously media shy, avoiding interviews with Israeli journalists, declining televised debates with his opponents and communicating almost exclusively via speeches and official statements.

    But with his Likud party trailing in the polls...

  • Center-left opposition rides a solid lead into Israeli election

    March 13, 2015 | 8:45 am

    Israel's center-left opposition is poised for an upset victory in next week's parliamentary election, with the last opinion polls before Tuesday's vote giving it a solid lead over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party.

    Final polls published by Israel's Channel 10 and Channel...

  • Netanyahu’s main challenger widens lead in Israeli opinion polls

    March 12, 2015 | 10:04 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu launched a last-minute media blitz on Thursday to counter what appears to be a rising tide of support for his main opponent in next week's election, the centrist Zionist Union.

    The latest opinion polls show momentum shifting to Zionist...

  • The 2015 Israeli election: Stuck in an elevator

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 11, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    Two weeks before Election Day, a somewhat strange group of Israelis gathered to celebrate in a rented hall at Tel Aviv’s Eretz Israel Museum. In attendance were scholars, advertising professionals, journalists and publishing industry editors. And politicians, many politicians....

  • In Israeli election, it’s all about Bibi

    March 10, 2015 | 11:49 am

    However much they disagree with his policies, opponents of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would surely admit he was right about one thing: These elections are all about him.

    When he called for new elections in December, Netanyahu said the vote would enable him “to gain...

  • Persistent Israeli ethnic divide may split vote for Netanyahu

    March 10, 2015 | 8:57 am

    In the past, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party could count on Israelis like 50-year-old shopkeeper Yossi Levy when it came to election day.

    Levy, who describes himself as a lifelong Likud voter, is a member of Israel's Sephardic community - Jews of Middle...

  • Netanyahu says sees ‘worldwide’ effort to topple him

    March 10, 2015 | 8:48 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in broadcast remarks on Tuesday there was a "huge, worldwide effort" to ensure he loses next week's closely contested election.

    Army Radio, which aired what it said were comments he made on Monday to activists of his right-wing Likud...

  • Likud’s ‘Us or Them’ TV ads raise ire

    February 25, 2015 | 10:50 am

    The Likud Party has replaced a TV spot featuring Islamic State terrorists on a mission to take over Jerusalem with a second commercial warning that Israeli-Arab politicians will anchor any government that might replace Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Both Likud television commercials...

  • Jordanian rapper sues Netanyahu and his party over campaign clip

    February 18, 2015 | 9:09 am

    A Jordanian hip-hop group has taken legal action against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party after one of its songs was used in a campaign video for Israel's election next month.

    Firas Shehadeh, founder of the group Turabyeh ("Of the Soil"), filed an injunction...

  • Comptroller’s report: Netanyahu family spent excessively with public funds

    February 17, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be facing a criminal investigation following a government report that said he and his family spent public funds excessively on personal items.

    The report issued Tuesday by State Comptroller Yosef Shapira cited the excessive spending...

  • Moshe Feiglin leaving Likud

    January 6, 2015 | 10:42 am

    Moshe Feiglin said he is quitting the Likud Party after failing to secure a realistic spot on the candidates’ list for the March elections.

    Feiglin, a Likud member since 2005 and a Knesset lawmaker since 2013, finished 36th on the Likud list in voting held by party members last...

  • Israel’s Livni joins opposition head to challenge PM

    December 10, 2014 | 9:01 am

    Former Israeli justice minister Tzipi Livni and the center-left parliamentary opposition leader will jointly challenge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a March election, political sources said on Wednesday.

    They said Livni, whom Netanyahu fired last week as coalition rifts...

  • Netanyahu fumes at ‘chickenshit’ slur

    October 29, 2014 | 10:05 am

    An anonymous U.S. official's reported description of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "chickenshit" drew a sharp response on Wednesday from the Israeli leader – no stranger to acrimony with the Obama administration.

    The American broadside, in an interview in The Atlantic...

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